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The 2017 competition will take place on 26th and 27th June 2017 and is open to Y12 students in England and Wales, Y13 in Northern Ireland and S5 in Scotland.

The 2017 Intermediate Biology Olympiad competition is now open for teachers to register their students.

A poster is available to put on your school's noticeboard to encourage your students to participate. 

Test details

One hour will be available for students to complete the paper; which will consist of multiple choice questions. Questions will be set on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and in their first year of A level. The paper is to be taken online with staff supervised exam conditions in school at any time convenient during the competition days.

Students who take part are encouraged to put this in their UCAS personal statement. As a thank you to these students for participating, following the competition they are able to claim a free year's membership to BioNet (a saving of £5).

Certificates will be posted to teachers of bronze, silver and gold winning students at the start of the 2017 autumn term.

Top winning students in 2017 will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in London on Friday 7th July 2017. Gold winning students will be invited to take part in a special Field Studies Council run training day in London to learn about the Ecology of a London Park.

Participation fees

Each school is eligible for two free places in the competition. Stepped fees are applied for each additional student entered, up to a maximum of £150.

  • 1-2 students from a school = free
  • Students number 3-12 from a school = £10 each (max cost for 12 students = £100)
  • Students number 13- 22 from a school = £5 per additional student (max cost for 22 students = £150)
  • Unlimited additional students from a school after the first 22 = £150 total entry fee (e.g. 22 students = £150; 30 students = £150; 150 students from the same school/college = £150)

Schools entering more than 22 students into these competitions do not need to enter all students names on the online registration system; they may instead add 22 sets of students initials. In addition, they need to email us the total number of accounts required if greater than 22 to allow us to invoice correctly.

For more information about the competition, please visit the Intermediate Biology Olympiad website.



The Intermediate Biology Olympiad has been made possible with thanks to the generous support received from Bayer Crop Science.